Lottery spend at record high

SPENDING on the National Lottery has hit an all-time high as cash-strapped consumers hope to get lucky. The lottery’s operator Camelot revealed yesterday that £7bn had been spent in the 12 months to 31 March, a 6.9 per cent rise.

Camelot paid out £3.7bn to players, and gave just under £2bn to charitable causes. The National Lottery is set for its biggest shake-up in its 19-year history this year when Camelot doubles the price of a ticket from £1 to £2.